UFC 304 fight card: All about the major fights announced so far

UFC 278: Usman v Edwards 2
Leon Edwards to headline UFC 304 fight card on July 27 [Image courtesy: Getty Images]

UFC 304 is poised to electrify the Co-op Live arena in Manchester, England, on July 27. This seventh pay-per-view (PPV) event of 2024 also signifies the MMA promotion's visit to the 'Rainy City' for the first time since UFC 204 in October 2016, a memorable event where then-middleweight champion Michael Bisping defended his title against Dan Henderson.

UFC CEO Dana White recently revealed what appears to be the potential main card lineup for the upcoming PPV event being headlined by the welterweight title bout between the reigning champion, Leon Edwards, and Belal Muhammad.

'Rocky' is currently riding an impressive 13-fight undefeated streak and is gearing up for his third title defense since clinching the belt from Kamaru Usman at UFC 278. Edwards is coming off a decisive unanimous decision victory over Colby Covington at UFC 296 last December.

Meanwhile, Muhammad boasts a 10-fight unbeaten streak, solidifying his status as the division's top contender with a victory over Gilbert Burns at UFC 288 last May. He has persistently campaigned for a title shot for quite some time.

Edwards and Muhammad previously faced each other in March 2021, but their bout concluded in a no-contest when 'Remember the Name' couldn't continue due to an accidental eye-poke in the second round.

In the co-main event of UFC 304, Tom Aspinall is poised to make his first defense of the interim heavyweight title in a rematch against Curtis Blaydes. Aspinall secured the championship by achieving a first-round knockout victory over Sergei Pavlovich at UFC 295 last November, an event originally slated to showcase Jon Jones defending his undisputed title against Stipe Miocic.

Aspinall suffered his only defeat in the octagon against Blaydes at UFC London in July 2022, though the result was eclipsed by the Brit sustaining an unforeseen knee injury a mere 15 seconds into the match. Meanwhile, 'Razor' recently secured a second-round TKO victory over Jailton Almeida at UFC 299 in March.

Another significant matchup features Bobby Green facing off against Paddy Pimblett in a lightweight bout. Further down the card, Arnold Allen is scheduled to square off against Giga Chikadze in a featherweight clash. These fights complement the previously confirmed compelling matchups: a flyweight showdown between Muhammad Mokaev and Manel Kape, as well as another 145-pound bout featuring Nathaniel Wood against Daniel Pineda.

Additionally, the UFC 304 fight card includes a bout in the women's bantamweight division between Shauna Bannon and Ravena Oliveira. Lastly, a strawweight contest will see Molly McCann face off against Bruna Brasil.

Belal Muhammad reacts to UFC 304 title fight against Leon Edwards

Belal Muhammad at last secured the title shot against welterweight champion Leon Edwards. 'Remember the Name' responded to the news of the UFC 304 main event when his teammate initially informed him about the official confirmation from UFC CEO Dana White.

A video shared on X captured Muhammad's apparent surprise, accompanied by a caption that read:

"Alhamdillah, I Thought this day would never come. God's timing is the best timing… Main event, Muhammad."

Check out Belal Muhammad's video below:

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Edited by Jigyanshushri Mahanta
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